Month: April 2019


Investigation continues in PIKE vandalism case

Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity members believe they know who vandalized their property last week and plan to turn evidence over to Cookeville police, according to information obtained by The Oracle. That evidence includes footage from video surveillance cameras in the neighborhood. Cookeville police responded to a call at the Peachtree […]


Letter to the editor: Air quality

Dear Editor  —   This semester there have been air quality problems seriously affecting students and professors. We believe these stem from the change in cleaning chemicals during the semester break. The procedure for lodging an indoor air quality (IAQ) complaint says: “The agent responsible . . . may be […]


Debate team members defend titles

Sara Stansbury, Madison Davis and Sistina Hammonds. Photo by Jacob Bray. Junior Madison Davis defended her national championship debate title earlier this month, bringing home a victory for the second consecutive year.  Davis usually competes in National Parliamentary Debate Association debate which is a two-on-two format with 15 minutes of […]


First graders flock to Farm Day

Several students gather to pet a goat for the first time. Photo by Taylor Curtis. First-graders from all around Putnam County had a first-hand encounter with agriculture at the annual Farm Day event held April 2 and 3 in Tech’s Hyder-Burks Agricultural Pavilion.  Over 1,000 children gathered in Hyder-Burks and […]


Golden Wings Awards scheduled for Thursday

Kesha Brady is all smiles in preparation for the 2019 Golden Wings Awards on April 11, 2019.  Photo by Jamaal Thompson. It is awards season again in Cookeville as the fourth annual Golden Wings Awards is scheduled to occur Thursday at the Hooper Eblen Center. The doors open at 7 […]


Opioid reversal training scheduled for April 11

Dr. Lachelle Norris, Tennessee Tech sociology professor, sits in her office at Tennessee Tech. Photo by Kaylee Selby   A Tech professor and the Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition is scheduled to present an opioid reversal training during dead hour this Thursday in in Bell Hall room 232.  The training session […]


Scuba diving class offered at Tech

Instructor Chris Rice (bottom left) from center left, Katilynn Franklin, Robin Rice and Taylor Jett. Photo by Logan Staley. On a Monday afternoon in a pool located in the basement of Memorial Gym, Tech scuba instructor Chris Rice pushes his students backward into the deep end to start class.  Rice […]


Science building and RUC construction

The $90 million Lab Sciences Building is on course for completion in 2020 after a historic year of rainfall in 2018, Tennessee Valley Authority spokesman Travis Bickey said. Cookeville amassed 82.55 inches of rain in 2018 passing 1998’s record of 76.96 inches, Bickey said.  The building construction team pushed through […]


Department of communication transferring to college of interdisciplinary studies

The board of trustees approved transferring the Department of Communication from the College of Arts and Science to the College of Interdisciplinary Studies.  Provost Lori Bruce presented the transfer request at the March 21 board meeting. Transferring the Department of Communication allows the program to expand, accommodating for communication’s interdisciplinary […]